It seems to be catching and it feels like we are in danger of wearing it as a badge of honour. Though mainly when people tell me they are 'too busy' there is an element of stress in that sentence, denoting that we have got too many things happening at once, and so cannot enjoy them. Or that we are doing all of these things because they are 'expected' of us, therefore it is a chore......
So we are 'competing' to be more busy, and then not enjoying that?? hmmmm
I love the Stephen Covey quote
"The way you spend your time is a result of the way you see your time"
This helps us to see the element of choice in how we spend our time. All to often we are kidding ourselves that we 'have' to do something rather than accepting that it is a choice and that we just don't want to consider the consequences of not doing it. Life being a balance of risks and gains and give and take. When we start to listen to ourselves and honour that small voice inside, we can start to make choices based on our own needs.
This may still be difficult as there will always be plenty of choice of activities, chores, leisure options etc and it will mean saying no to some things. But once we understand that a no to one thing is a yes to another, e.g. no to a night out is a yes to some quiet time alone resting or catching up on a good book, for those who don't like to say no, this can help transform our relationship with it.
Looking after ourselves is not selfish, its a common sense way to be at your best, then you can help other people better!
Practising mindfulness and meditation help us to find the stillness to start to hear that voice, to understand how we tick, to learn that you are not your thoughts. to help us to sit still for once and relearn how to focus on one thing at a time, a skill we seem to be losing. I'm sure you can recall the restful effect of being so engrossed in a film or a game of something that you forgot about everything else? Time to start focussing on one thing at a time and truly being with that experience
As ever, just musing, happy to hear from you, take what resonates and leave the rest. Namaste x